Access to Education for pupils with Medical Needs Policy


Approved by Governors: 
15 September 2020
Due for review: 
September 2023
Kit Sharpe

Bloxham Primary School recognises its responsibility to ensure that pupils with medical needs have access to high quality educational support to enable them to continue their education effectively. Good communication and cooperation between the school, home and other professionals are essential. A named person is responsible for the effective implementation of this policy.

The key aims of the policy are to:

  • provide continued education as normally as the condition allows
  • reduce the risk of lowering self-confidence and educational achievement promote equal access to education for all children and young people
  • establish effective liaison between agencies and the family
  • ensure that prompt action takes place

The named person (Kit Sharpe) will:

  • monitor the attendance of all pupils with medical conditions (code M authorised absence for medical reasons and code B when the pupil is receiving education other than at school)
  • liaise with an education officer and ESW regarding all pupils expected to be absent from school for 15 days or more (includes time in hospital)
  • liaise with the Early Intervention Hub, Educational Psychologist, medical professionals and Oxfordshire Hospital School (OHS)staff, as appropriate to plan provision
  • coordinate education provision from the first day of absence for those pupils who have disrupted patterns of schooling (for those pupils with recurring illnesses and chronic conditions)
  • ensure that pupils receive a minimum entitlement of five hours teaching per week, as long as the pupil feels able to cope
  • coordinate the provision of work that will support a broad and balanced curriculum, where appropriate by liaising with the designated OHS Outreach Teacher
  • ensure that there are mechanisms in place to communicate information about activities and social events to enable the pupil to keep in touch with peers
  • monitor provision, progress and reintegration arrangements
  • ensure that the views of pupils and parents/carers are taken into account
  • ensure the appropriate Code of Practice (Special Educational Needs 2014 and Disability) procedures are in place, as required.